(Options Trade Analysis) Free Trade: 03/7/2013

I was getting bored today so i decided to go looking for a fun, weekly trade to make things interesting.
This is the trade I put on in MCD.




Option Trades Analysis

Why this trade?

Well I own MCD stock and I have been waiting for the stock to increase along with the markets but it has been pretty much range bound. It stays above 95 and below 100. So I put on a trade that says,

In the next 8 days: MCD will stay in between 97.5 and 95. That’s a pretty small range, but it is also a small time frame.

Here is the chart:

The red lines are the breakevens.  According to the probabilities this trade has a 60% probability of profit.

Now let’s look at the math.

I got a credit of .56 which for 2 condors is $112. I am using $2.5 spreads, so the margin is $500-$112 = $388.

So $388 is the max I can lose, while the most I can make is $112 or 28.8% ROI in 8 days.

Is this the best trade and best option strategy out there today? Probably not. Is is a good trade? Depends on your reasoning.  Will it provide me a bit of excitement? Yup.

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  1. Yadao Patil on March 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I have not traded IRON CONDOR before, however, I need to learn more about this strategy.
    Also, I am thinking if there is reward to risk is not high & four trade entries which cost more, how do you justify the profit in this trade?
    I thank you for free trade, May be I don’t understand what you are looking for? Please explain. I appreciate.

    • Genius on March 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      The commissions arent very high unless you are with the wrong broker. And the risk/reward is about 3/1 which is not that bad either, especially with over a 60% chance of winning.

  2. Jim Guidetti on March 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    What is your strategy plan if MCD goes above 97.5? Are you planning to take the loss or are you going to do an adjustment?

    • Genius on March 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      I will hold it until a couple days before expiration and if needed roll it to April monthlies. There seems to be a lot of resistance at $100. It will need a strong catalyst to get it to stay above.

  3. Dave on March 15, 2013 at 10:24 am

    What did you do and at what price?

  4. Jim Curtin on March 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    What happened with this trade? It looks like MCD closed today at $99.67

    • Genius on March 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      This particular trade did not work out, so I rolled the trade into the monthly options. I moved the calls to 100/105 and kept the puts at the same strike. Thanks to the flexibility of options I was able to do this without adding more $ to the position. But I will have to stay in the trade for a longer time.

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